Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
August 19On August 19, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1909 that tragedy struck at the first car race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We also take a look back on when the United States gunned down Libyan fighter jets in 1981, escalating tensions between the countries. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor John Stamos.
Sat 8:00AM ET
Summer of Love SpecialThrough the Decades embarks on a journey back to the 60s to explore its bohemian counterculture and the notable “Summer of Love.”
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
August 22On August 22, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1981 that Christopher Boyce—a spy who sold U.S. defense secrets to the Soviet Union—was recaptured after a prison escape. We also take a look back on when police searched Michael Jackson’s infamous Neverland Ranch in 1993. And on the day of her birth, we profile actress Valerie Harper.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
August 23On August 23, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1970 that Cesar Chavez led the Salad Bowl strike for farm workers’ rights. We also take a look back on when a holdup at a Swedish bank gave rise to the discovery of Stockholm syndrome in 1973. And on the day of his birth, we profile Hollywood legend Gene Kelly.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
Throught the Decades: August 24On August 24, Through the Decades brings into focus the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew and the delayed relief effort for millions of newly homeless residents of south Florida. We also recall the historic lawsuit that determined a band could not be held responsible for its fans’ decisions and profile stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
August 25On August 25, Through the Decades takes a look back on when Americans were introduced to an ideal American family with the start of the radio turned television show Father Knows Best. We also remember when Bruce Springsteen established himself as a rock music legend with the release of his album Born to Run and on the day of his birth we profile the life and career of morning television legend Regis Philbin.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
August 26On August 26, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1968 that the Democratic National Convention in Chicago descended into chaos as anti-war protesters clashed with police. We also take a look back on when Philo Farnsworth patented the all-electronic television in 1930. And on the day of her birth, we profile political trailblazer Geraldine Ferraro.
Bill Kurtis is an author, producer, and award-winning journalist. Bill got his start in television working for WIBW in Topeka, KS. His work with CBS News ranged from covering the fall of Saigon to anchoring "The CBS Morning News." His documentary work includes the Peabody Award-winning PBS series The New Explorers, as well Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files for A&E Network and American Greed on CNBC.
Using his journalistic skills and his background as a law school graduate, Bill authored The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice, which explores issues surrounding capital punishment in America. He also provided the satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He also is the judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Kerry Sayers has spent more than twenty years in the media industry, working in radio and television. For much of that time, Sayers has been at the epicenter of Chicago sports. She has hosted shows for Comcast and covered football for Fox. Sayers began her career at WILX in Lansing, MI and has since worked across the country from Buffalo to the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago with her husband, their daughter and just welcomed their second child, a son, in September.
Ellee Pai Hong
Ellee Pai Hong is a veteran journalist, having spent a career covering news and teaching journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Ellee started her career in broadcast news as a general assignment reporter at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, IL. She made the jump to Decatur, IL then Hartford, CT before landing as anchor for NBC in Chicago.
Ellee moved to the United States from Korea as a child and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Chicago with her husband John and their two children.